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From the PublisherThe New York Times Book Review
COMPELLING....DEEPLY MOVING....EMINENTLY READABLE.
[A] heartwrenching account...readers of either gender will relate.
Engrossing....Smolowe's unromanticized understanding of what it takes for two highly opinionated adults to work through some of coupledom's most stressful challenges is what gives this book its appeal....She makes compelling general-interest reading out of a special-interest subject.
Deborah Tannen, Ph.D.
Author of You Just Don't Understand and Talking from 9 to 5
Reading An Empty Lap is like staying up all night listening to a friend filling you in on the important events in her life. You know how things turned out, but you want to hear all the details. Jill Smolowe's honesty is compelling. It's like a thriller, only the terrain is emotional.
Kay Redfield Jamison
Author of An Unquiet Mind and professor of psychiatry, The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
Extraordinarily moving, and wonderfully written, An Empty Lap is one woman's account of love, hope, lost hope, and then, finally, great and well-earned joy. The book is completely engaging. Jill Smolowe and her husband endured much to adopt a child but, when at last they succeed, their delight is utterly and boundlessly contagious. The complexities and resilience of their love story are woven together in a riveting way.